After what seems an eternity since it was first announced, the PEGI games ratings have become legally enforcable today.

What this means in simple terms is that now there is only one age rating body recognised for video games, and the age restrictions that are applied must be upheld, so a “12” rated game cannot be bought by an under 12. The older BBfC system will no longer apply, and games will be instead rated by the Video Standards Council.

Retailers that do not comply with the legislation could find themselves locked up at Her Magesties Pleasure for SIX years and a £5000 fine.

Still, it won’t stop parents buying games for their children, ill informed on the games market, and who may have been more swayed by the older, more obvious and standardised 15 and 18. Although that didn’t stop everyone either.


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Paul founded The Vita Lounge and is the Executive Editor, but still likes to get involved with the odd piece of news or a review. 35 years young and gaming since 1990, he has a preference for Action/RPG games, Shooters, Racing Games (despite ironically not being able to drive!) and quite partial to a game of FIFA.